FILM REVIEW, For Colored Girls

LOOK AT THIS CAST. JUST LOOK AT IT.

“We should be immune if we’re still alive. How are we still alive?”

For Colored Girls brings together some of the most talented actresses in Hollywood in an unprecedented ensemble drama about “being alive and being a woman.” To see Loretta Devine, Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, Anika Noni Rose, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington, and Phylicia Rashad on screen together is a major event, regardless of the circumstances. It tells the story of a group of women, each struggling with their own personal drama stemming from the psychological and societal effects of being a “colored girl,” who are all living in or connected to a Harlem apartment building. The majority of For Colored Girls is either painfully dull or brutally over-the-top, but just admit it – the presence of these women is the reason you’ll be buying your ticket.

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Holy Fuck – 'Red Lights'

A little Friday morning stupidity to get you in the mood for the weekend!

Sam Mickens' "Kayfabe: Game of Death": Sat & Sun at Death by Audio

If you are looking for something DIFFERENT this weekend then check out the info below. We have no clue what to expect, but something tells me that it is going to rule hard.

Brooklyn-based artist Sam Mickens presents his new performance work, “Kayfabe: Game of Death” at Death by Audio Saturday, November 6th & Sunday, November 7th, MMX.

A brutal reveille for this new phase of his NY-based performance work, “Kayfabe: Game of Death” sprung, fully grown and armored, from Mickens’ recent obsessions with and voluminous research into the professional wrestling and wrestlers from the era of his youth and, further, from the larger concept worlds that thread through and explode from that of professional wrestling. Also integrating thematic elements from Mickens’ longstanding obsession with the Rev. Jim Jones & his Peoples Temple, as well as a Homeric sense of poetic sweep, the piece will utilize elements of dramatic text, song, modern movement, video, and less definable modes to deliver a raw smackdown of avant pageantry.

Featuring:
Cleo Fishel | Laurel Jones | Charlie Looker | Alexis Marcelo | Noah Mickens | Sam Mickens | Mike Pride | Steven Reker | Alan Sutherland | and others

“Kayfabe: Game of Death” at Death by Audio [49 S. 2nd St., Brooklyn, NY]
Saturday Nov. 6th & Sunday Nov. 7th at 8pm
$10-15 sliding scale. Noone will be turned away for lack of funds,
though seating will be limited.

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The new Duane Reade or How Williamsburg is the New Brooklyn Heights

According to the “I’m Boycotting Duane Reade to Save Williamsburg” facebook group, a Duane Reade will be opened on Bedford, directly across from Kings Pharmacy this Saturday.

First off, I need to state that I don’t really give a shit about saving small business in this case.

I do, however, give a shit when urban planning is totally disregarded and services are doubled up. We already have several pharmacies all of which are a stone’s throw from each other, reminding me of the Lewis Black sketch where he declares “the end of the universe” when he discovers a Starbucks across the street from another Starbucks. Duane Reade will be open 24 hours, which will probably end up being the downfall of Kings. This “perk” still does not justify its existence. Space is at premium on Bedford and needs to be utilized effectively.

You know what we could use? A Trader Joe’s. Or a Bank of America. Or better yet, how about some green space? Williamsburg and Greenpoint have one of the lowest people to park space ratios in all of Brooklyn at .06 acres per 1,000 residents, when the city planners recommends at least 2.5 acres per 1,000 residents. It’s only getting worse with the likes of the Domino Sugar development and Duane Reades among us.

Let’s face it, we are maybe 40 baby-filled strollers and one more high-rise away from being a perfectly lovely and totally gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood (read: Park Slope). Corporate outposts don’t spring up spontaneously in neighborhoods. They did their cost-volume-profit analysis and, bingo, Williamsburg looks good. Our consumption habits are bringing them in. But when corporate businesses have to waste our time with their march on independent business, we lose out.

So, instead of the hollow-sounding and vague argument of “Saving Williamsburg,” don’t forget that corporate greed is actually wasting our space for their purposes, not ours.

Ticket Giveaway: Tell All Your Friends Monthly Party at Glasslands

From our friends in the TAYF crew:

Tell All Your Friends is excited to announce it’s first installment of our monthly music series.

Starting in November every second Thursday of each month we will be presenting a collection of the bands that make up our little musical family.

From new and upcoming acts to our more established artists debuting new material to our bands getting together and collaborating. We are looking forward to sharing with you the best Tell All Your Friends has to offer. It’s going to be fun!!

Since here at FREEwilly, we LOVE fun– we’ve got a pair of tickets to check out this stellar show! Just comment below to enter for your chance to win!

And in case you didn’t notice, this lineup is pretty damn rad (including Foxes In Fiction, one of our faves from our CMJ showcase lineup). Here are a few MP3s to get you through the week:

Foxes In Fiction “Teenage Dream” (Katy Perry Cover)

Valleys “Ordinary Dream”

Warm Ghost “Open The Wormhole In Your Heart”

Grandchildren “Saturn Returns”

Even if you can’t score these free tix, we suggest you make the trip to Glasslands on Nov. 11th. Doors 9pm // $8

UK Cops Posting Graffiti Tags to Facebook 'Wall of Shame'

The whole point of tagging, as I understand it, is to get noticed. So when UK cops got the bright idea of taking pictures of graffiti tags around town and posting them to their Facebook wall in a “Wall of Shame,” wouldn’t that just encourage the artists into throwing their tagging efforts into overdrive?

Police logging and photographing tags, seen as a badge of honour amongst graffiti artists, which will be kept on record and used when offenders are identified.

And a wall of shame has been created on Facebook so the public can also see the graffiti tags.

Yep, good luck with that, Halesowen PD.

MOVES POP-UP STORE – A MOVEMENT FOR INDEPENDENT INDUSTRY

Ruffeo Hearts Lil’ Snotty and Williamsburg Fashion Weekend have a special one in store for you, literally. Check out the details below.

Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November 4 to December 19, 12pm – 8pm.
Join us November 5th for opening party and hear Total Slacker, Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk, and Alaskas play a free show. 8 pm. All ages. 214 Franklin Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Ruffeo Hearts Lil’ Snotty (RHLS) and Williamsburg Fashion Weekend combine forces to bring together a POP UP SHOP experience like no other.
This holiday season not only will you be able to buy locally made clothing, accessories and art, you will also have the opportunity to hear lectures by seasoned professionals. take part in discussions in the field of clothing manufacturing, to educate the general public in being a more conscientious consumer. Or participate as budding designer looking to take steps toward creating your own business. Each weekend will also feature local bands and djs along with drink sponsors creating specialty cocktails specifically for the event.

Cleo’s Cabinet | Dick Move Records | Fabric Horse | Jo Anne Berman | King Gurvy | La China Loca | Mary Savel | Minnae Chae | Pukekos | Ruffeo Hearts Lil Snotty | sdn | Study New York | Tam Aura Designs